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Renowned poet Royston Ellis, a bridge between Beat poets and the Beatles, died at 82 on March 31st, 2023.
A beloved figure in the literary world, Ellis had a career that spanned six decades. Born in London in 1941, he began writing poetry at an early age, and developed a reputation as a vibrant and versatile artist. Over the course of his career, he published over 40 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
But Ellis is perhaps best remembered for his work bridging the gap between the Beat poets of the 1950s and the Beatles of the 1960s. He was a close friend of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, and his work often focused on themes of love and freedom. As the British Invasion began to take hold in the early 1960s, Ellis seized the opportunity to link the Beat poets to the emerging rock stars. He wrote extensively about the Beatles, and even wrote a book about them called “The Beatles Book”.
In the decades that followed, Ellis continued to be a major influence on British culture. He wrote extensively about youth culture, and was an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. His work was often controversial, but he remained a beloved figure in the literary world.
Ellis is survived by his wife, two sons, and two grandchildren. His legacy will live on through his many works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He will be remembered as a bridge between the Beat poets and the Beatles, and as a champion of youth culture and freedom of expression.